We found 19 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1449 near Spring Hill, FL.

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Dr. Ellen Verena Jorgensen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ellen Jorgensen practices pediatric endocrinology in Tampa, FL and Sarasota, FL. In her practice, Dr. Jorgensen focuses on diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Duke University Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems

Dr. Dorothy I Shulman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Dorothy Shulman is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Shulman include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Shulman attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Henry Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard; Mdc 62
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Henry Rodriguez is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. He works in Tampa, FL. Dr. Rodriguez is especially interested in type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. His education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Rodriguez takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

Dr. Paul Edward Dimarco, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Paul Dimarco practices adult endocrinology in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Dimarco include diabetes. He is affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) and Morton Plant Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Dimarco attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Crystal Ann Jacovino, DO
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Crystal Jacovino's areas of specialization are adult endocrinology and general internal medicine. She studied medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Dr. Jacovino's areas of expertise include diabetes. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Jacovino is affiliated with Memphis VA Medical Center, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Morrison specializes in adult endocrinology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Morrison is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morrison takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Metabolism

Dr. Gustavo Serrano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5101 N Armenia Avenue; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gustavo Serrano is a specialist in adult nephrology. His clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Serrano is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Serrano graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He trained at the University District Hospital, Puerto Rico for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Dialysis

Dr. Brian Daniel Knox, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Brian Knox's medical specialty is general internal medicine and general pediatrics. His clinical interests include bulimia, diabetes, and obesity. Dr. Knox is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Knox attended medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. Knox has received the following distinction: Research Scholars Program, Academic Pediatric Association.

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All Interests: Eating Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Anorexia, Bulimia, Metabolic Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Ann Scudder, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10004 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lisa Scudder specializes in family medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Scudder include minor surgery, wellness visit, and women's health issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Hospital Carrollwood and Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Scudder attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Scudder accepts.

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All Interests: Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Wellness Visit, Preventive Care, Patient Education, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michel M El-Murr, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michel Murr is a specialist in bariatric surgery. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. His clinical interests include diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders. Dr. Murr is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Murr has received distinctions including USF Research Day: Outstanding Resident Research, University of South Florida; USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, Univeristy of South Florida; and USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, University of South Florida. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Morbid Obesity, Diabetes, Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tomas Figueroa Nieves, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12500 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite E
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Tomas Figueroa-Nieves' area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Figueroa-Nieves takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Figueroa-Nieves is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Harris Hugh McIlwain, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
13801 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Suite 406
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Harris McIlwain practices geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology in Tampa, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. Dr. McIlwain's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. McIlwain has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. McIlwain speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Tendonitis, Geriatric Health, X-Rays

Dr. Valerie E Whiteman, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Valerie Whiteman works as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Whiteman include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Whiteman is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Whiteman has received distinctions including Member, American Telemedicine Society; Diplomate ABOG and Maternal Fetal Medicine, ABOG; and Diplomate American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ABOG.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Kanchan Parasher, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12500 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kanchan Parasher practices family medicine in Tampa, FL. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. These areas are among Dr. Parasher's clinical interests: diabetes, minor surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parasher takes. Dr. Parasher attended medical school at Government Medical College, Amritsar. Dr. Parasher (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Laura B Williams, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Laura Smith specializes in psychology. She is especially interested in stress management, type 2 diabetes, and family therapy services. Dr. Smith is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. For her residency, Dr. Smith trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Smith is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Family Therapy Services, Individual Therapy, Stress Management

Dr. Jayesh S Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1426 W Busch Boulevard; Suite 105
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jayesh Shah is an adult nephrology specialist. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and kidney problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah accepts. He studied medicine at B.J. Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Shah is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Geriatric Health

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.
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